What advice should be given to nurses seeking employment as occupational health nurses or school nurses about their potential legal liability?
A patient is admitted to your surgical center for a breast biopsy under local anesthesia. The surgeon has previously informed the patient of the procedure, risks, alternatives, desired outcomes, and possible complications.
What type of role should nurses have securing informed consent? In assisting with research studies? In assisting with genetic testing?
Did the ANP have a duty to consult with the child’s physician or another emergency center physician regarding the possibility of child abuse before she reported her findings to the case worker?
Are there areas in which advanced nursing practice is making more of an impact than others? Do these correspond with the primary purposes of advanced nursing practice?
Did the lack of documentation in the admitting nurse’s assessment and notes affect the ultimate outcome of this case?
How can a staff member ensure confidentiality in clinical settings? What strategies might be implemented by the nurse manager or nurse educator to promote confidentiality?
Describe the kinds of evidence that a plaintiff can present in order to establish a negligent act. What defenses can a defendant present in order to refute a plaintiff’s evidence?
Which classifications of law are more commonly applied to professional nursing? From a current media source (e.g. Internet, newspaper article) describe a health-care related incident that depicts one of the classifications of law.
Describe why there is such a struggle when addressing end-of-life issues. What are the differences between allowing a patient to die and physician-assisted suicide?